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Maths & Numeracy


At St Michael's C of E First School, our goal is to produce individuals who are numerate, creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident. We also aim to provide a stimulating environment and adequate resources so that pupils can develop their mathematical skills to the full.


Mathematics is a key subject vital for developing and broadening our understanding of the world around us. As a school, we teach Mathematics daily and use a cyclical ‘learning without limits’ formula. Using this approach children work independently moving through a series of challenges that shift from lower to higher order thinking.


Challenges gradually become more complex as the child progresses. Once a series of challenges is complete, children return to lower order thinking to learn a new skill. Learning becomes layered and allows for a rich learning experience for the child.


We realise that every child can experience success with the correct support, mindset and attitude. To support this we place emphasis on children developing fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills.


At St Michael’s, we believe every child is entitled to learn key concepts and we recognise the importance of multiple representation so children are immersed in mathematical equipment, language, pictures and symbols. This approach helps children’s fluency and deepens their understanding through exploring mathematical concepts and ideas. We challenge children to make deep links when reasoning and use factual knowledge to help problem solve. It is just as important for children to be able to explain, and justify, their thought processes using specific, and accurate, mathematical vocabulary than finding the answer itself.


St Michael's children should:


  • Have a well-developed sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system.
  • Know by heart age appropriate number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves.
  • Use what they know by heart to figure out numbers mentally.
  • Calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and in writing and paper, drawing on a range of calculation strategies.
  • Recognise when it is appropriate to use a calculator and be able to do so effectively.
  • Make sense of number problems, including non-routine/’real’ problems and identify the operations needed to solve them.
  • Explain their methods and reasoning, using correct mathematical terms.
  • Judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where necessary.
  • Suggest suitable units for measuring and make sensible estimates of measurements.
  • Explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.
  • Develop spatial awareness and an understanding of the properties of 2d and 3d shapes.
How can I support my child at home?
There are many ways you can support your child with their Maths at home. Please feel free to use any of these, listed below, or speak to you child's teacher for more specific ideas and interventions.
  • Finding and connecting numbers around the home.
  • Ask what is 1/10/100/1000 more/less than a starting number.
  • Count forwards/backwards from a starting number
  • Practise number facts to 10/20/100/1000.
  • Read with your child and use the page numbers as a way to practise number facts.
  • Use different sized cups and beakers when playing with sand or water.
  • When out shopping, ask your child to collect specific items (such as one litre of milk).
  • Help to ensuring all times tables up to 12 x 12 are learnt and can be recalled fluently by Year 4.
  • Telling the time… for example, o’clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to.
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